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Volume 85, Issue No. 39
Cox files suit
Charges vote on fees
violates CGC rights
By ROBERT THOMASON
A suit challenging the
constitutionality of a 1973 Campus
Governing Council (CGC) bill that
requires student body approval of fee
increases has been filed with the student
The Supreme Court will hear
arguments in the case at 3 p.m. today.
Chip Cox, chairperson of the CGC
Rules and Judiciary Committee, filed
the suit last week against CGC Speaker
Gordon Cureton. Cureton was named
in the suit because he is the head of the
agency which must enforce the law.
Cox said he felt the 1973 bill violated
the Student Constitution, which gives
CGC the right to determine student fees
with the approval of the UNC Board of
The bill Cox is contesting states that
the CGC may levy a change in student
fees only if the change is approved by
two-thirds majority of voters in a
general election in which at least 20
percent of the student body votes. "The
CGC cannot yield its inherent
constitutional power by mere statute,"
Cox wrote in his statement to the
Cox said that according to the present
law, any referendum on student fee
changes would be binding and thus a
violation of the constitution.
Cox ' said he favors a student , fee
increase. He also favors holding an
advisory referendum on the fee increase.
If the Supreme Court rules in Cox's
favor, the law requiring a student body
mandate for the fee increase would be
struck down, and the CGC then could
pass action on an advisory referendum,
If the ruling goes against him, Cox
said he hoped a resolution would be
passed to repeal the 1973 bill. "I don't
think that I will introduce a resolution,"
Cox said. "It would make me look like a
If someone else were to introduce the
resolution, Cox said he would support
Cureton could not be reached for
City employees air gripes
to board seat
By KEITH HOLLAR
Representatives of the town
transportation and sanitation
departments aired their employee
grievances before seven candidates for
the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen at a
forum held Tuesday night at Hargraves
The chief complaints were a lack of
proper training and safety programs in
the sanitation department, lack ,of
guaranteed full-time pay tor tull-time bus
drivers, displeasure with the present
grievance procedure, and the lack of
provisions for union activity in Chapel
The seven candidates Marilyn
Boulton, Gerry Cohen, Bev Kawalec, Bill
Lindsay, Jim Merkel, Marvin Silver and
Bill Thorpe - responded individually to
the complaints of the panel of
representatives. Four stats are open on
the board in the election on Nov. 8.
James Lewis, representing the
sanitation department, complained of
outdated and dangerous equipment.
"We're asking for a safety program, but
management says it has no time for safety
He also cited the need for a training
program. "People call to ask why their
trash has not been picked up. Usually the
answer is 'Well, we've got a new man.'
"The problem is no one has trained him
to do his job."
Chris Carlson, spokesperson for
transportation employees, said full-time
bus drivers no longer are guaranteed pay
for a 40-hour work week when they work
fewer than 40 hours. She added that other
part-time drivers sometimes work full
time, but they do not get fringe benefits,
such as medical and retirement benefits,
which accompany full-time status.
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Council still searching for friendly faculty member
By MEREDITH CREWS
A proposal to extend the four-week drop
period was prepared Wednesday by the
Campus Governing Council (CGC), but the
CGC cannot find a Faculty Council member
to present it at the meeting on Friday.
"Most of the professors we talked to were
in favor of hearing our proposal for an
extended drop period but were not going to
"He (Bob Godding, director of
transportation) severely miscalculated
the number of full-time drivers needed,"
Carlson also expressed discontent with
a grievance system which requires
employees to channel their complaints
through their supervisors, who may be
the target of the complaints.
Otis Stroud, president of the local
chapter of the Amalgamated Transit
U nion, said he would like to see the town
recognize union representatives as
spokespersons. He also said employees
who are union members occasionally
should be given time off to attend union
"We would go to these meetings and
bring back some good and solid and
necessary information," Stroud said.
Each of the board candidates said he
supports greater representation for
employees and an evaluation of the
"The thing that comes through very
clearly is the question of
communication," said Silver, who is
seeking re-election to the board. "1 need
the advice (from employees) to make the
"Employees should come to the board
' members with specific problems in the
processes so we can get something
worked out before they become
grievances," said Gerry Cohen, who also
is seeking re-election.
Merkel said that although the board
should seek input from employees, "Any
decision the town makes shouldn't
represent the special-interest group. I
think the board's role is to set the broad
policy, not to deal with specific details."
Serving the Students and the
Thursday, October 20, 1977,
this studious young man. At least he's found
be at the meeting," CGC member Sonya
"We're going to keep on trying to find
someone to present it before the council,"
she said. "Even if a council member doesn't
agree with the proposal, we would like very
much for it to be discussed."
The Educational Policy Committee will
present a recommendation to the Faculty
Council which supports the continuation of
the four-week drop period.
The CGC proposal states that it fully
supports a recommendation by the
Educational Policy Committee lor an
increase in the drop-add period to five class
days but does not support the continuation
of the four-week drop period.
"1 hope someone presents the proposal out
of the feeling that it should be voted on and
our views should be considered," CGC
member Bob Long said.
By DAVID STACKS
Cranking up North Carolina's state
government is like firing up a locomotive in
the trainyard, Gov. Jim Hunt said
"It's kind of slow getting out of the yard,"
he said. "But pretty soon, the wheels begin to
move faster and faster until it's hauling full
speed down the tracks. That's what running
state government is like."
Stumping the state promoting passage of
five constitutional amendments and two
bond issues on the referendum ballot next
month, Hunt carefully skirted the issue of
gubernatorial succession while speaking to
the N.C. Association of Certified Public
Accountants in Chapel Hill Wednesday.
"It (succession) will come nearer passing if
I don't get involved in it," the governor said
in an interview afterwards. "If 1 get in on it, it
will become a Jim Hunt issue.
"But the issue is bigger than Jim Hunt.
The issue is whether the people want their
governor to be able to have strong control of
"I would welcome a referendum on just
myself. But that's not what this is. If
succession doesn't pass, I'm going to work
just as hard."
Hunt alluded to the possibility that
succession may not pass and that he and Lt.
Gov. Jimmy Green may be prohibited from
running for re-election in I9H0.
"If you ever get anybody into office who
thinks he's got to stay in to make a living,
you're in trouble," Hunt said.
L'niversity community since 18V J
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
B HOWARD TKOXLER
Kcgnlai business nl the Campus
Governing Council (CGC) ground to a halt
Tuesday night as the result of the first
filibuster in CGC history.
Council member Darius Moss used the
filibuster to prevent a vote on Student Body
President Bill Moss veto of the recently
approved WXYC budget until sufficient
votes to overturn the veto could be secured.
"I am very opposed to this bill (to approve
a new budget suggested by Bill Moss)."
Darius Moss told the council. "I am so
totally opposed to it that I intend to continue
talking about it for the rest of the evening."
Under CGC bylaws, any member may
retain the floor for discussion as long as he
wishes. The bylaws have no provision for the
cutoff of a filibuster.
When Moss announced his filibuster,
several members left the meeting and.
because there was no quorum, it had to be
adjourned until next Tuesday, when the
council will come to orderand Moss will still
have the floor.
The filibuster originated when Speaker
Pro Tempore J. B. Kelly, Darius Moss and
council member Sonya Lewis realized they
did not have enough votes to overturn the
veto. Moss will continue his unlimited
discussion at the next meeting until either a
sufficient number of votes to override are
secured or the CGC finds a way to cut off the
The pro-override forces contend that since
Bill Moss vetoed the original WXYC budget
because of a single provision within it. the
veto is an attempt at an item veto because
Moss submitted a new budget without the
vetoed appropriation. They argue that item
veto is a power that the student body
president does not have.
Moss vetoed the original budget because it
contained a $2,800 appropriation for a
newswire service to the radio station. Moss
argued before the CGC that the expenditure
was one the council could not afford under
its current financial squeeze. '
"I'm not trying to set up the president
against the CGC or WXYC." Bill Moss said.
"This is a matter of us just not being able to
I n a statement to the council. Speaker Pro
Tern Kelly said, "What this has basically
done is give the president veto power over
mdiviHii:)! terms. his is granting tne
Included in the CGC proposal for
extending the drop period is a survey of
approximately 120 students conducted by
the CGC which indicates overwhelming
support for a six-week drop-period.
Also included is an April 1977 CGC
survey of general faculty members in which
53 percent said they did not object to a six
week drop period.
Long said the heart of the argument for
extending the drop period is the arbitrary
assignment of four weeks as an acceptable
"I don't think the wishes of the students or
even the wishes of general faculty members
have been considered," Long said.
"We agree with most of their (the
Educational Policy committee) judgments
and reasons for a shortened drop period, but
(jL held m iilib
on Moss buds
addresses accountants in Chapel Hill
The governor also emphasized his
education programs, including the
minimum-competency test high school
st udents must pass before they can graduate.
"We're going to have some trying times
when those first test scores come back,"
H unt said. "It's going to take time to raise the
standards of our public schools and put
accountability back into education."
Improved elementary and secondary
education is the state's long-range solution
to raising the standard of living, he said. The
short-range answer is to pass the issues on
the ballot next month.
"Education is the long-range answer,"
Hunt said. "But there are things we can do
between now and Christmas," such as
passing the $230-million water bond and the
$300-million road bond.
"The public investment decision we are
about to make is absolutely essential if we
are to make any kind of progress toward
fulfilling our needs," he said.
"It's easy to say, 'That's the governor's
program. The legislators passed it. Let them
do it.' But we the voters have got to approve
the amendments and bonds before state
government can do anything.
He said passage of the bonds and
amendments are essential to making the
state attractive to outside industry
considering locating here.
"North Carolina's economic
infrastructure will not be complete until
outside firms look at the state for what it
offers instead of what it does not offer,"
H unt said.
president an enormous amount ol power
more power than he should have."
Darius Moss insisted that he would
continue his filibuster as long as he deemed it
necessary. "I will continue talking untitCCiC
fully realizes that the president of the student
body cannot dictate to them," he said.
"Secondly. I intend to show that there is an
essential need for this newswire."
An angry Bill Moss said after the meeting.
"How can the same person who said It
should not be the prerogative of one person
to reconsider bills' then disrupt the entire
legislative process of the student body?"
Moss termed the filibuster irresponsible
and said. "I think it is very unfortunate that
this meeting was disrupted. I have problems
with the idea of one person disrupting all the
Some CGC members themselves were
more outspoken about the maneuver.
"This is the most juvenile parliamentary
trick I have ever seen in any organization 1
have experience in." said Chip Cox.
chairperson of the Rules and Judiciary
Committee. "There has not been an act of
this sort on the Carolina campus since Mike
O'Neal was Student Government (SG)
treasurer two years ago and temporarily
froze funds annronriated for certain campus
Filibuster delays consideration
of budgets and other matters
The Campus Governing Council
(CGC) has its hands tied.
The council is in the midst of a
filibuster, the first in the history of UNC
student government. CGC member
Darius M oss currently has the floor and
will retain it when the next meeting is
called to order Tuesday. He does not
plan to yield the floor until he is satisfied
the . council will override a veto by
Student Body President Bill Moss.
President Moss last week vetoed a
$ 14,000 budget for radio station WXYC
that the CGC previous had passed.
Moss savs he docs not object to funding
the radio station, but he is opposed to
we present sunsianuai arguments u
lengthen the drop period," he said.
Proposed educational reasons for an
extended drop period include allowing
students additional time to consult with
advisers and to evaluate courses or work
loads and reducing the number of panic
"The extra two weeks will give students
time to reasonably evaluate a course when
otherwise they might drop it out of fear,"
The proposal also stales that special
problems of adjustment for freshmen and
transfer students should he considered as a
reason for extending the drop period.
In addition, the proposal suggests that
faculty members might benefit from an
extended drop period, as they could give
tests when a sufficient amount of material
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amendments spoke Wednesday to the N.C. Association of Public Accountants at
the Carolina Inn. He stressed the need for improving education, but skirted the
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organizations, including the Black Student
Movement and the Daily lar Heel.
Phil Searcy. Finance Committee
chairperson, said alter the meeting thai
Darius Moss "had taken it upon himself to
try and do this while we had matters more
important to consider. He's completely
ruined the chances of other student
"Secondly, this is an after-the-fact
reaction to the big (U.S. Senate) energy
filibuster. Some CGC member thinks he's
going to do the same damn thing and act like
Speaker Gordon Cureton, President Moss
and Searcy all contend that the filibuster is
preventing the CGC from taking action on
"The veto caught us off-guard," Cureton
said. "I'm sorry to say that now there's a lot
of groups we won't be able to serve. More
people are being hurt by this than just CGC
The CGC is split almost evenly on the
issue. There was favorable reaction to the
filibuster from both CGC members
supporting the override and WXYC
The veto of the WXYC budget is still in
effect because the filibuster prevented any
further action on the matter.
specific provisions within that budget.
Moss wants the CGC to consider a new
budget with the modifications he
Darius Moss opposes the veto, saying
that if the new budget is passed, it would
be tantamount to "giving the president
the right to an item veto a right he
A group of CGC members are
mounting an offensive in the council to
override the veto, but they say they do
not have enough votes yet. Darius Moss
aims to tie up CGC procedure until
enough votes to override are secured.
Please turn to page 4.
has been covered rather than being
compelled to give a test during the first four
weeks of class.
"The general facutly may have support for
the extended drop period as it (the four-week
drop period) can cause grief for professors
trying to give tests on an insufficient amount
of material covered during that time," Long
Another reason given in the proposal for
an extended drop period is that the
shortening of the drop period from twelve to
four weeks did not significantly reduce the
total number of drops.
Many of the educational reasons given in
the proposal were expressed by some thirty
students who attended an open hearing on
the drop period conducted by the CGC Oct.
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